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Centerstone Board of Directors Chair, Lee Ann Ingram, Named Philanthropist of the Year

Lee Ann and Orrin Ingram to be honored by The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Nashville Chapter

Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services, today announced that board chair Lee Ann Ingram and her husband Orrin have been named Philanthropists of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Nashville Chapter. The couple will be honored during the chapter’s annual National Philanthropy Day (NPD) luncheon on November 10 at the Hutton Hotel.

According to the AFP’s announcement, “Lee Ann and Orrin Ingram possess a profound understanding of the impact that philanthropy can have on a community. They provide both significant philanthropic support and visionary leadership to Centerstone, reflecting a commitment to the organization, to mental health research and to families within the Nashville community.”

Lee Ann currently serves as Chair of the Centerstone of Tennessee Board of Directors. Through donations of time, energy and philanthropy, she and Orrin have seeded Substance Use Intervention programs, the Coaching4Teens program, which helps teens find balance in their lives and map out their goals for a successful future, new buildings and even an outpatient office on Harding Pike to increase Centerstone’s visibility in West Nashville.

“Lee Ann and Orrin’s dedication to Centerstone is remarkable, and our impact on this region would certainly not be what it is today without their steadfast support,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “We are so grateful for the vision and tireless leadership they lend to our organization. This award is well deserved.”

In addition to supporting Centerstone, Lee Ann and Orrin support The Center for Youth Issues, Saddle Up!, Friends of Warner Park and Harpeth River Watershed Association, just to name a few.

AFP Nashville recognizes National Philanthropy Day each year with a luncheon that celebrates the profound impact that philanthropy has on our community as well as acknowledges the entire spectrum of non-profit organizations serving our citizens. Since 1988, AFP Nashville has honored individuals and groups who exemplify the spirit of philanthropy. Honorees are nominated by AFP members and community members and award recipients are selected by a committee of their peers.

For more information on the November 10 event or to purchase tickets to the luncheon, please visit www.afpnashville.org or call 615.260.5968 or 615.627.1583.

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About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves nearly 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357.

About The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

AFP represents more than 30,000 members in 200 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. Established in 1981, the Nashville Chapter is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary and currently serves a membership of more than 120 area professionals. The Nashville Chapter serves all of Middle Tennessee and parts of Southern Kentucky.